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Oprah Winfrey and Steve Harvey, together again?!!!! YES! The two media moguls are joining forces for her Lifeclass on August 25th on OWN. It’s going to be a real life Family Feud. Harvey has a new book coming out September 9th Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success: How To Succeed In Life. Steve Harvey kicks off a new season of his talk show September 8th 2pm on NBC-10.
Columbus Short and Claudia Jordan?!!! HMMMMMMMM! The ex-Scandal star and the former Deal Or No Deal model have been spotted out and about together, but is this a good look? The still married Short has all kinds of drama going on, including with the law with all those domestic violence accusations. Jordan is being seen as jumping from opportunity to opportunity. She recently landed the Bravo reality show The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. Even though Jordan has been reportedly been divorced from Actor/Model/Producer Datari Turner for years. She also landed her current radio gig on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Short and Jordan's careers definitely seem to be going in two different directions.
James Brown's widow Tomi Rae Hynie says she’s so broke that she's been forced to pan handle in the streets of Las Vegas. Tomi Rae says she and her 13-year old son, James, Jr., are fighting to survive. They can’t get any money from the James Brown estate because of all the legal wranglings. Tomi Rae says James, Jr. is a rightful heir. But, so many people have come forward claiming that Brown is their father, they can’t get money. Tomi Rae has faced questions on the legitimacy of her marriage as well as the paternity of her son. When Brown was alive, it was alleged he had a vasectomy and couldn't have fathered Tomi Rae's son. So, she had to force a DNA test which proved her correct. Tomi Rae also claims that Brown's legs had to be cut off to get DNA from the bone marrow to prove her son's paternity because his body was already filled with embalming fluid, and you couldn’t get a real DNA test.
In other James Brown news, the movie on his life story, Get On Up, is on par to hit $50 million at the box office. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott. Boseman is amazing as The Godfather Of Soul. He really captures the spirit, the look and the soul of James Brown. Other outstanding performers in the movie include Nelsan Ellis, who plays Brown's longtime sidekick Bobby Byrd. Byrd died only a year after Brown passed in 2006. Ellis is best known for his role as the flamboyant “Lafayette Reynolds” in the HBO series True Blood. Craig Robinson stands out as the legendary Bandleader Maceo Parker, and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter from The Roots also appears as Bandmember Pee Wee Ellis. Check out the cast on the latest issue of Ebony magazine. Ebony uses a dual cover with the cast on one and a second with Chadwick Boseman solo.
Sherri Shepherd says she has proof that her soon to be ex-husband, Lamar Sally, only married her for her money. She says he took $20,000 from their joint bank account. Sally says he needed it for baby expenses. The surrogate gave birth to a baby boy last week, but Shepherd wants nothing to do with the baby. The baby came from Sally's sperm but not Shepherd's eggs. She claims she signed papers for the baby under fraudulent circumstances and wants it thrown out on the grounds of fraud. Once Shepherd divorces Sally, she wants nothing to do with him. He never worked during their almost three-year marriage. She says he was just motivated by her money. Career-wise, Shepherd is on a roll. She is headed to Broadway to star as the evil stepmother in the musical Cinderella starring Keke Palmer. In more Sherri news, look for the comedienne to join her fellow stand ups Kevin Hart and Chris Rock on the big screen. First, we'll see her team up with Rock in the movie Top Five, due in September. Then she'll join Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in their sequel, Ride Along II, due January 2016. The first Ride Along grossed over $150 million. Shepherd recently left the ABC daytime talker The View after a 7-year stint.
Nicole Murphy says it’s all good between her and ex-fiance Michael Strahan. Murphy has been out and about with Former NBA Star and TV analyst Gary Payton. I believe Payton is married.....he has four kids and used to see Actress LisaRaye. Friends say Murphy is putting on a brave face. That's because she realizes despite her beauty, she may be the odd person out. No one will take care of her like Strahan did. Murphy, the ex-wife of Comedian Eddie Murphy blew through her $17 million divorce settlement. Even though she has a reality show on VH1, what will she do for money? Who will help her keep up her lifestyle? Michael Strahan has been very quiet since his split from Murphy. Word has it, he has gotten very close to his female personal trainer. She was the one by his side when he was inducted into the Football Hall Of Fame along with his TV partners Robin Roberts and Kelly Ripa.
Patti LaBelle is returning to TV. LaBelle is joining the cast of American Horror Story for it's fourth season. The popular horror show airs on the FX cable network. Season four is set in the 1950’s at a freak show carnival in Florida. LaBelle will play the mother of Gabby Sidibe's character. This season's cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Singer Stevie Nicks, Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently had the scare of his life. His mother and cousin were hit head on by a drunk driver. The Rock's family survived the car crash, but he says this made him realize how important it is to love your family everyday. He is so thankful they are alive. The Rock is currently starring the new Hercules movie.
Sheila E is telling all in a new book The Beat Of My Drum. In the book, Sheila E talks about her love life, including affairs with her mentor Prince and a very married Carlos Santana. The legendary percussionist/drummer/singer also covers the ups and downs of her career.
Actor Shemar Moore is returning to The Young & The Restless on CBS. Moore played the popular character “Malcolm Winters,” and he won a Best Supporting Actor Emmy in 2000. Moore left the show in 2005, and went on to films (Brothers; Tyler Perry's Diary Of A Mad Black Woman) and the top rated CBS drama Criminal Minds. Moore will be featured in a two day stint on Y&R airing September 10th and 11th. Moore says he’s excited about his daytime comeback, but will still be starring in Criminal Minds, which begins it's 10th season in October.
It’s been two months since a tragic limo accident that almost killed him, so how has Comedian Tracy Morgan been? According to his lawyer, Morgan is still struggling since the accident, but is happy to be alive. Morgan suffered a broken leg and ribs in the accident when the limo he was riding in was rear ended by a truck. Two other people were injured in the accident, and Morgan's manager and longtime friend, James McNair, died. The truck driver, Kevin Roper, has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto. Roper has been accused of going without sleep for over 24 hours. Morgan and others are suing the truck company, owned by Walmart, saying they allowed their drivers to drive without getting the proper rest. In a statement, Walmart said they are cooperating with investigators. Morgan will be rehabbing for the rest of the year, and most likely won’t resume his career until sometime next year.
Get ready for another Hart, as in Torrei Hart, the ex-wife of Comedian and Box Office Star Kevin Hart. Torrei Hart is the mother of her ex-husband's two children, and she is ready to step into the spotlight. Torrei is part of the reality show Atlanta Exes, which debuts Monday the 18th on VH1 at 9pm. Torrei is a savvy businesswoman with her own line of calorie drinks. Plus she also does stand up comedy. Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond is also part of the cast.
Speaking of Usher and Tameka, The Good Kisser singer is talking about his former marriage. Usher says his marriage was his best mistake. It didn't work with Tameka, but he got two sons out of the marriage and enjoys full custody of them. Usher also says he learned a great lesson: he doesn't know as much as he thinks he does.
Singer/Songwriter Tank is back with a new album Stronger which contains the hit single You're My Star.
Kindred The Family Soul is back with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
Smokey Robinson is back with his new CD, Smokey & Friends. The legendary singer/songwriter is joined by Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Ledisi, Cee Lo Green and John Legend as they remake Smokey's greatest hits from his writing for other artists and his own Miracles and solo years. Smokey & Friends will be out August 19th.
Kem is back his new album, Promise To Love, which will be out August 26th.
Boyz II Men drop their new album Collide on September 30th.
Singer/Songwriter Marsha Ambrosius is back with a new project Friends & Lovers.
Garcelle Beauvais, Terri J. Vaughn, Malinda Williams and Essence Atkins star in Girlfriends' Getaway, a new TV One movie, which premieres August 30th on TV One.
Singer Keyshia Cole is returning to the BET network with a new reality show and David & Tamala Mann are also coming to the cable network. Cole's show will spotlight her career and personal life after her divorce from NBA Player Daniel Boobie Gibson. The Manns have been married for 26 years, and they have four adult children. Their reality show will spotlight their careers and family. Tamela Mann is known for her beautiful gospel music. The couple became famous with the help of Tyler Perry from his movies and the TV show Meet The Browns.
Marlon Wayans stars in Haunted House II which just came out on DVD and Blue Ray.
Speaking of Marlon, he, Nick Cannon and Michael B. Jordan were all vying to play Comedy Legend Richard Pryor on the big screen. It looks like they've all lost out to.........Comedian Mike Epps. Bringing Pryor's career and personal life to film would be no easy task. Producers seem set on Epps to pull it off. It's possible Jordan's youth worked against him, and Epps particular profile gave him an edge over Wayans and Cannon.
Katt Williams is returning to HBO in a new comedy special directed by Spike Lee. Priceless: After Life debuts Saturday, August 16th at 10pm on HBO. Williams, 40, has been making headlines over the past few years for all the wrong reasons: fights, meltdowns and guns. It’s good to see him get back on track with a new comedy special doing what he does best.
A lot of your favorites are returning to TV this fall. Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer stars in the Red Band Society, which debuts September 17th at 9pm on FOX. NBC’s The Blacklist kicks off a new season Monday, September 22nd. Laz Alonso returns to TV in the NBC show The Mysteries of Laura beginning September 24th at 8pm. Anthony Anderson team up with Tracee Ellis Ross in the ABC comedy Black-ish. Laurence Fishburne also stars and co-executive produces with Anderson. Black-ish premieres Wednesday, September 24th at 9:30p. Emmy Winner Alfre Woodard joins Katherine Heigl in the NBC drama State Of Affairs. Woodard plays the President of the United States. State of Affairs debuts Monday, November 17th at 10pm on NBC.
The talk show The Real returns September 15th at 11am on FOX. The Real stars Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamar Braxton. Wendy Williams also returns with a brand new season of her daytime talker on September 15th at 10am on FOX.
The O’Jays are coming to Chester. Saturday, September 6th on Chester's Riverfront. The O'Jays headline The 10th Annual Riverfront Ramble with Vickie Winans and Avery Sunshine. There will be food, crafts, a children's carnival, an antique car show, health and education pavilions and fireworks.
Beyonce is going to be the big honoree at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. She’s also performing on the show, which airs Sunday, August 24th on MTV. Bey already walks in with eight nominations, but she'll be honored with The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Filmmaker Lee Daniels has picked his next project. Daniels follows up his $100 million blockbuster The Butler by directing The Brian Banks Story. The true story of a high school football player who spent five years in jail for a rape he didn’t commit.
The world is still reeling from the death of Comedian and Oscar-winning Actor Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide. Williams was 63 year-old, and authorities say he hung himself at home. He was recently diagnosed with depression after entering rehab this year. Williams has struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol for more than 30 years. He was the last person to see the late Comedian John Belushi before he died of an overdose in 1982. Williams also suffered the lost of his close friend and college roommate Actor Christopher Reeve in 2004. Williams also went into rehab in 2006 after 20 years of sobriety. He had four movies that have yet to be released including Merry Friggin' Christmas with Joel McHale, Boulevard with Kathy Baker, A Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb with Ben Stiller, and a sci-fi movie, Absolutely Anything, where Williams voices the character of “Dennis, the talking dog.” Were money issues a factor? Friends say Williams last two divorces cost him millions. He was in the process of selling his $35 million Villa, where he lived. In a recent interview, Williams admitted he only took a recent TV job, on CBS' The Crazy Ones, for the money. The show was cancelled after one season, and sources say he didn’t take the news well. In his last public appearance, Williams appeared gaunt and subdued. Williams' string of movie successes included Awakenings, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets' Society, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Morning Vietnam. His big breakthrough came on television when he got his own show spun off from Happy Days. It was the hit sitcom Mork & Mindy on ABC from 1978-1982.
Legendary Actress Lauren Bacall has died. The Oscar nominated actress was married to another Hollywood Legend Humphrey Bogart until his death in 1957. Bacall was also married to Jason Robards until their divorce. Bacall will be best remembered for her films To Have And Have Not, The Big Sleep and Key Largo. Younger generations will remember her work in the films Misery and her Oscar nominated performance in The Mirror Has Two Faces. Lauren Bacall was 89.
Idris Elba returns to the big screen in the thriller No Good Deed with Taraji P. Henson. The movie opens September 12th.
The best-selling erotic novel Addicted by Zane is being made into a big screen movie starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe. This film opens October 10th.
At the movies, it's Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson star in the comedy Let’s Be Cops.
Martin Lawrence has returned to series TV in the sitcom Partners. The show also stars Kelsey Grammer, and it airs Mondays nights at 9pm on FX.
Who is the young mystery lady dating Motown Legend Stevie Wonder? The singer/songwriter, 64, has moved on from his recent divorce from Fashion Designer Kai Millard, who Wonder divorced after 11-years and two kids with her. Now he's dating a young woman in her 30’s. Will she be the next Mrs. Wonder?!!!!!!!
Chrisette Michelle will not be returning to the TV One reality show R&B Divas. Michelle says the show was far too negative for her. Michelle joined the new season, and teamed up with fellow Singers Chante Moore, Lil' Mo, Leela James, Claudette Ortiz and Michele. Sources say Michelle never really fit in. She is currently working on a new album, and putting together a website that will feature art, beauty and fashion. Singing reality shows are not for everyone. Just look at the careers of Kelly Price and Angie Stone. These two singers came across looking bad.
Morris Chestnut is hosting a new docu-series on BET. Vindicated airs Sundays at 10pm on the cable station. Vindicated is a show about men and women exonerated for crimes they did not commit. The show takes a look at their life as they adjust to life beyond prison walls. Chestnut also has a new show debuting on TNT called Legends. Chestnut plays an F.B.I. agent. Legends airs on TNT at 9pm.
Nia Long has been named the first African American spokesperson for Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds perfume. When Taylor was alive, she made the perfume a household name with proceeds benefiting the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Long also has a new show on WE-TV called The Divide, which airs Wednesday nights at 9pm.
Finally, “Harper” himself is doing double duty. In addition to his work on the TNT drama, Murder In The First, Taye Diggs will be guest starring in six episodes of the CBS drama The Good Wife. The new season of Good Wife kicks off September 21st.
Anthony Anderson is one busy guy. He has a show, Eating America, that airs on Monday nights on the Food network. Anderson travels to food festivals all over the country. This fall, he stars in the ABC sitcom Black-ish with Laurence Fishburne, who is also co-executive producing with Anderson, and Girlfriends' Tracee Ellis Ross. Speaking of Ross, she is the cover girl for the latest issue of Upscale magazine.
UnSung is back with a new season on TV One. The music and Hollywood bio-TV show will air through October with new episodes. Look for bios on Wilson Pickett, Peaches & Herb, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and The Chi-Lites, just to name a few. UnSung airs Wednesdays at 8pm on TV One.
The 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards air in October. Snoop Dogg is hosting.
Wesley Snipes returns to the big screen this week in the action movie The Expendables III. The movie also stars Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgen and Antonio Banderas.
Jada Pinkett Smith returns to TV in the new primetime drama Gotham. The show debuts September 22nd on FOX.
Tyler Perry has a new stage production coming to Philadelphia. Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned will be at the Merriam Theatre September 30th –October 5th. Tickets are on sale now.
Saturday, August 30th is the wedding date for Basketball's Dwayne Wade and Actress Gabrielle Union. It’s going to a super private affair with no cell phones or cameras allowed. Meanwhile, look for Gabrielle Union in season two of Being Mary Jane. Filming just wrapped for the season, and the show returns to BET at the beginning of the year.
The 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards are happening August 25th at the Nokia Theatre on NBC. Kerry Washington has been nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Scandal. Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor got nominations, as Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie, for their work in Luther and Dancing On The Edge, respectively. Don Cheadle picked up a nomination for Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his cable series House Of Lies. Angela Bassett was nominated for Supporting Actress for her work in American Horror Story as “Coven”.
SWV returns for season two of their WE reality TV show. Season two of SWV: Sisters With Voices kicks off August 14th. That's the same night season 4 kicks off for Braxton Family Values, also on the WE network. The Braxtons are at 9pm followed by SWV at 10pm.
Jill Scott is the Cover Lady for the latest issue of Essence magazine, and Oprah Winfrey is channeling Diana Ross on the latest issue of her O magazine.
Jay-Z and Beyonce are bringing their On Their Run tour to HBO. The Carters have been getting rave reviews for their latest tour....along with unrelenting rumors about their marriage on the verge of break up. Look for the concert on HBO Saturday, September 20th at 9pm.
Chef Garvin returns to the Cooking Channel with his show On The Road with G Garvin airing Tuesday nights at 10pm.
Gladiators your favorite show is coming back! Scandal returns Thursday, September 25th with a 22 episode season on ABC and a new time, 9pm. Scandal Creator Shonda Rhimes' latest show, How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis, debuts on that same premiere night at 10pm. Scandal is facing some tough competition this fall. On NBC, they are moving their hit show The Blacklist from Mondays to Thursdays at 9pm. And, CBS will be airing their new Thursday Night Football broadcast.
A new season of the controversial reality show The Preachers Of L.A. kicks off August 20th on the Oxygen network.
The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge are the latest editions to this season's Essence Of Entertainment lineup at The Dell Music Center. They are coming Saturday, August 30th.There's also Al Jarreau and Ledisi are just a couple of the stars now added to the summer 2014 season. Some of the artists scheduled to perform at the Dell include The Bar-Kays, Lakeside, L.T.D., Lenny Williams, The Average White Band and Larry Graham & Graham Central Station on The Masters Of Funk show.
August 21st at 8pm Al Jarreau & David Sanborn
August 28 at 7 pm Funkfest with The Average White Band, Larry Graham & Graham
Central Station, LTD, Lakeside, The Bar-kays & Lenny Williams
August 30th- The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge
The Made In America music festival is returning to Philadelphia on Labor Day Weekend, August 30th and 31st, with newlywed Kanye West, Pharrell, Kings Of Leon and J Cole, to name a few. There's also an L.A. Made In America in the works. Plus, the documentary about the first Made In America concert is available now on DVD. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 2014 Made In America will take place on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and tickets are on sale now.
Tomorrow - Delaware State University College Alumni Rally. It all takes place at Hare Pavilion, Wilmington Riverfront, 1 River Place Wilmington, Delaware with The Athletic Road Show happening from 1pm-4pm.
This Sunday, August 10th, 2014 - The Unity Day Crabfeast at Mermaid Lake, 1002 Jolly Road in Blue Bell, Pa. DJ Gary O, Corey DST with special guest Boxer Bernard Hopkins. For tickets call Tracey Wyatte at 215-280-7249 and for more info Ron Curtis at 267-446-1267.
Saturday, August 16th, it’s Jazz On The Avenue. Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue will come alive with jazz music, food and vendors. Performers include Jeff Bradshaw and Carol Riddick from 12 noon until 7pm.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ
These Superstar couples are supposed to be the best of friends. One problem. They keep ignoring each other in public. Is that what friends are for?!!!!!!
Check out who’s coming to town:
Saturday, September 6th - Chester's 10th Annual Ramble On The River starring The O’Jays, Gospel Sensation Vickie Winans and Avery Sunshine on Chester's Waterfront.
Sunday, September 7th - Frankie Beverly & Maze and Patti LaBelle in concert The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue.
October 11th and 12th – The Atlantic City Comedy Festival featuring Mike Epps and Rickey Smiley at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
October 25th- George Benson at Harrahs Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, February 21st - Steve Harvey's Act Like A Success Empowerment Tour. Teaching people how to climb their ladder to success while overcoming fears and challenges that prevent you from jumping into your future. It's happening at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
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